Friday, August 19, 2022

NOA vice president decries lack of transparency

In a shocking disclosure that exposed how the Nagaland Olympic Association (NOA) is being managed, its vice president and former DGP , K. Kire, Saturday expressed unhappiness over the lack of transparency where all the activities and decisions of the highest body of sports were being taken by “one or a few individuals” while keeping other members in the dark.
In a press release, the K.Kire IPS(Retd) and NOA vice president, who is a renowned sportsperson having represented Nagaland at the national level in football and badminton, said the association was in existence for many years but it was only through the efforts of present chief minister Neiphiu Rio as the president, that it was affiliated with Indian Olympic Association (IOA).
As NOA, he said the first Olympic games was held at Chümoukedima in 2018 where all districts participated. Towards this, he said NOA advanced a lot of money to associations for participating in the event.
While most of the associations submitted their accounts after the event, he said it was disheartening that till December 11, 2020, when the new office bearers were elected, some individuals failed to submit their expenditure statements despite several reminders.
He said the individuals took around Rs.70 to Rs 80 lakhs for the meet but had not submitted their accounts although it was not known if they have submitted to the new NOA treasurer.
Kire said he, as then treasurer, had requested several times for an audit to be carried out, but there was no response from the association.
He also said the at one time, members were informed that association office would be housed in a minister’s building and that other rooms would be added for other associations. However, he expressed surprise when “suddenly a new NOA building had come up” and wondered how many NOA members knew about it.
Citing another instance where decisions were taken without consultation of the entire NOA body, Kire said even the decision to establish the Nagaland Police Sports Battalion(NPSB) was never discussed though he has no objection to the NPSB being established.
In the light of the above, Kire said if the NOA was to function as an individual property, he would disassociate himself from it.
Though not saying he was resigning, the NOA vice president said “…I like to work and associate myself where there is transparency for all and everyone is taken on board to ensure that a collective decision was taken unlike the present system.”


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